Funding Opportunities

Becoming a well-rounded student includes developing experience inside and outside the classroom. As such, several funds have been established to help students participate in initiatives that are non-academic in nature, such as coordinating events for other students, for travel, and to attend conferences while enrolled at the University of Guelph. Respective contact information or documents have been listed below each funding description:

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Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF)

This fund provides grants to academic departments, administrative units, and recognized student groups for new projects or the enhancement of existing services that improve student life. Funds are designed specifically for non-academic initiatives on or off campus, and are allocated to support participating in or providing initiatives designed to enrich the student experience. Funding is for the current school year, fall to summer. Applicants are asked to request from only one of the following financial sources: SLEF or the Special Grants/Speakers' Fund. Applications are typically due annually in October.

 
 

Special Grants & Speakers' Fund

Both funding opportunities are supported by students’ through the Student Services Fee and have been designed to provide funding for initiatives which fall outside of the Student Life Enhancement Fund (SLEF) timeline. Applicants are asked to request from only one of the following financial sources: SLEF or the Special Grants/Speakers' Fund. Funds are designed specifically for non-academic initiatives on or off campus, and are allocated to support participating in or providing initiatives designed to enrich the student experience. Applications are accepted throughout the year and reviewed approximately every three weeks by a Committee comprised of a student majority.

 
 

Student Volunteer Grant

Student Volunteer Connections (SVC) offers a grant for volunteers. Whether a student group is looking to run a local awareness campaign, or a student is a volunteer enthusiast planning to participate in community building miles away, this grant could help. 

 

Gordon Nixon Leadership Award

Funds were established in recognition of Gordon Nixon and his outstanding contributions in supporting student life, alumni activities, and fundraising at the University. This is an annual grant with funding of up to $10,000 made available to one or more campus-based student organization(s).

 
 

Student Financial Services - Travel Grants

Student Financial Services is committed to seeing that Guelph students have the opportunity to experience different cultures and communities and provide experiences to enhance learning experiences. Travel Grants are used to offset additional costs like airfare, vaccinations and travel insurance costs that are associated with travelling.

 
 

Student Government Funding